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Week 9 Pitching Planner: The Dreaded Wins vs. Quality Starts Debate

Week 9 Pitching Planner
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Wins were hard to come by last week from some quality outings. Hopefully, we can put it all together in the Week 9 pitching planner.

I have always seen both sides of the argument of Wins vs. Quality Starts for 5X5 category leagues. If a guy goes all nine innings giving up just a single unearned run it does not help you in the wins category. While the guy who got roughed up for seven runs in five innings had his offense back him up with a dozen scores of their own and he got a win.

At the same time, a pitcher that goes 5.2 innings with no runs gets nothing from a quality start with his opponent gives up three runs in 6 innings and gets the loss but wins you a Quality Start.

My streaming options last week were almost flawless in regards to decent outings, however, wins were really tough to come by. Only Chase Anderson was able to do both, but Dan Strailey and Zack Wheeler both had quality starts without wins. Mike Fiers, Jhoulys Chacin, Jeremy Hellickson, and Mike Minor all could not get to the runs/innings limits for the quality start.

Really, only Alex Cobb was a bad option giving up six runs in less than four innings. Doug Fister and Bartolo Colon still have matchups with the Royals pending as of this writing.

As it stands, my streaming options went 7-1 last week. Overall, I am 16-8-1 as we head into the Week 9 pitching planner.

For the Week 9 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN and the information is up to date as of May 26th.

Week 9 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Matt Koch, ARI: vs. CIN, vs. MIA

Brandon McCarthy, ATL: vs. NYM, vs. WAS

As I said last week, there was some uncertainty with both rotations, but both guys are scheduled for 2-start weeks as of now. Koch is another streaming option for me against Miami.

Alex Cobb and Dylan Bundy, BAL: vs. WAS, vs. NYY

I’m done with Baltimore’s pitching staff.

David Price and Rick Porcello, BOS vs. TOR, at HOU

A  couple of really tough matchups for the Red Sox’ duo.

Tyler Chatwood and Jon Lester, CHC: at PIT, at NYM

Dylan Covey, CWS: at CLE, vs. MIL

Homer Bailey, CIN: at ARI, at SD

Adam Plutko and Michael Clevinger, CLE: vs. CWS, at MIN

Chad Bettis, COL: vs. SF, vs. LAD

Matt Boyd and Michael Fulmer, DET: vs. LAA, vs. TOR

Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton, HOU: at NYY, vs. BOS

These Houston pitchers are just something else this year. I would venture to say they are all matchup-proof.

Jacob Junis, KC: vs. MIN, vs. OAK

Kenta Maeda, LAD: vs. PHI, at COL

Caleb Smith and Dan Straily, MIA: at SD, at ARI

Brent Suter, MIL: vs. STL, at CWS

I really like Suter against the White Sox as one of my streamers.

Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson, MIN: at KC, vs. CLE

Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, NYM: at ATL, vs. CHC

Domingo German and CC Sabathia, NYY: vs. HOU, at BAL

Daniel Gossett, OAK: vs. TB, at KC

Gossett went seven strong in his last start and now gets two nice matchups this week as a streamer.

Vincent Velasquez and Jake Arrieta, PHI: at LAD, at SF

Chad Kuhl and Ivan Nova, PIT: vs. CHC, at STL

Andrew Suarez, SF: at COL, vs. PHI

Miguel Gonzales and Felix Hernandez, SEA: vs. TEX, vs. TB

Luke Weaver and Michael Wacha, STL: at MIL, vs. PIT

Chris Archer, TB: at OAK, at SEA

Anibal Sanchez, TOR: at BOS, at DET

Gio Gonzalez and Jeremy Hellickson, WAS: at BAL, at ATL

Good Matchups

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Julio Teheran, ATL vs. NYM

Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish, CHC at NYM

A couple of my teams could really use Yu to break out of his funk.

Luis Castillo, CIN at ARI

After a horrendous start to the year, Castillo has five straight starts allowing two runs or less with an average of more than a strikeout an inning. He is only owned in 62.8% of leagues.

Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer, CLE at MIN

Max Scherzer, WAS at BAL

Bad Matchups

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Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale, BOS at HOU

Noah Syndergaard, NYM at ATL

Luis Severino, NYY vs. HOU

Cole Hamels, TEX at LAA

Stephen Strasburg, WAS at ATL

Streaming Options

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Clay Buchholz, ARI vs. MIA (5.2% ownership)

Buchholz had a stellar first outing of the year giving up just a single run in five innings of work. He gets a juicy matchup with the struggling Marlins this week.

Danny Duffy and Eric Skoglund, KC vs. MIN (26.6% and 1.2% ownership)

Duffy had been up and down this season as seen by his 6.14 ERA, but I think he is righting the ship after shutting down the Rangers on Thursday. In Skoglund’s problematic starts it has been because of giving up the long ball. Luckily, the Twins have just the fourth-fewest home runs in the Majors.

Trevor Cahill, OAK at KC (19.5% ownership)

Somehow, Cahill is still widely available even though he has yet to give up more than three runs or go less than five innings in a game.

Clayton Richard, SD vs. MIA (12.3% ownership)

Richard will definitely eat up some innings and get you some strikeouts. He has 29.1 innings and 24 strikeouts over his last four starts. Now he gets the putrid Miami lineup that is last in the league in runs and home runs by a wide margin.

That’s it for the Week 9 Pitching Planner! Be sure to check out our recklessly bold predictions for Fantasy Football!


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